Naval History Magazine - April 2018 Volume 32, Number 2

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The admiral “had some maddening habits,” one of his staff officers recalled. “He would play golf all the afternoon then return, dine, play a rubber or two of bridge, and come...



  • National Archives
    A Promise Kept
    By Mike Stankovich

    UPDATE: The wreckage of USS Helena (CL-50), the WWII-era St. Louis-class cruiser that survived the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and played an integral roll in defending Marine Corps operations in the Battle of...

  • Coast Guard Art Collection
    The Coast Guard's Great War Challenge
    By William H. Thiesen

    World War I would prove the first true test of the modern Coast Guard’s military capability.

  • Acts of Valor - Thomas J. Hudner, USN
    By Kevin Knodell and Kelly Swann


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  • On Our Scope

    The admiral “had some maddening habits,” one of his staff officers recalled. “He would play golf all the afternoon then return, dine, play a rubber or two of bridge, and come down to his office . . . at 11:30 p.m. and start...

  • U.S. Naval Institute Archive
    As I Recall - 'We Gave a Tremendous Amount to Britain'
    By Hanson W. Baldwin
    ‘We Gave a Tremendous Amount to Britain’

    Baldwin, for many years the military editor of The New York Times, earned a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the early phase of World War II. In his U.S. Naval...

  • In Contact
  • Bluejacket's Manual - From Kamikazes to Tridents
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Missiles have been used militarily since World War II and are a major component of modern naval weaponry. Rockets have been in use much longer (witness “the rockets’ red glare” in our national anthem) but have...
  • Naval History and Heritage Command
    Armaments & Innovation - The Davis Gun
    By J. M. Caiella
    With the United States’ entry into World War I arguably caused by a submarine, it perhaps was predictable that the nation’s greatest naval contribution to the war was combating the undersea scourge. When war broke out...
  • Royal Australian Navy
    Naval History News

    Enduring Sea Mystery Solved: WWI Sub Located


    Australia’s first submarine, HMAS AE1, has been found, ending a 103-year-old maritime mystery. The fate of the 800-ton E-class sub and her 35 crew members has remained one...

  • J. M. Caiella
    Historic Aircraft - A Low, Slow Plane for Limited War
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
    In the era of supersonic, high-flying jet aircraft, a slow, low-flying, turboprop plane proved especially valuable to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. In 1964, North American Aviation’s OV-10 Bronco was the winner...
  • George Plante, Imperial War Museum
    Turning Point in the Atlantic
    By Commander In H. Ha, U.S. Navy

    The British harnessed technological advances and adopted an offensive operational doctrine to reverse the course of the Battle of the Atlantic.

    In one of the greatest and longest struggles of World War II, the Atlantic...

  • National Archives
    Doctrine and Technology in Action

    In May 1943, Allied forces used a newly adopted offensive doctrine and technological innovations to reverse the course of the Battle of the Atlantic. The British, followed by the Canadians, led the way in the North Atlantic. But the U.S. Navy...

  • College of the Holy Cross Archives
    ROTC under Siege
    By Captain Brendan J. O'Donnell, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    While student protests made NROTC a casualty of war at war at many universities, Holy Cross midshipmen fought for their program’s survival.

  • How Japan Developed Carrier Aviation
    By Lieutenant Commander Christopher M. Giacomaro, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Japan focused on assets such as the Kaga to counter perceived oppression by the United States—which adapted.

  • Naval History and Heritage Command
    Checkmate at New Madrid Bend
    By Lieutenant Commander J. J. Murawski, U.S. Navy

    In an early Civil War example of “jointness,” Union Army and Navy commanders maneuvered their forces to capture the most formidable Confederate river strongpoint north of Vicksburg in a relatively bloodless fashion....

  • National Archives
    The Military in Politics
    By David C. Logan

    Political activity by service members can be risky if it is partisan or divisive.

  • Naval History and Heritage Command
    Historic Ships - From ‘Old Hoodoo’ to Target Ship
    By J. M. Caiella
    The first USS San Marcos must rank among the shortest-lived commissioned U.S. warships, having a service life (above water) of just 34 days. Before her demise on 22 March 1911, however, she had a 16-year career as the USS...
  • Photo Courtesy the Mary Rose Museum
    Museum Report - Tudor Navy Treasures
    By Andrew C. A. Jampoler

    On 19 July 1545, King Henry VIII watched in horror while his 36-year-old flagship the HMS Mary Rose suddenly capsized during the Battle of the Solent. The warship at that point had served for 34 years in...

  • Book Reviews

    Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam

    Mark Bowden. New York: Grove Atlantic, 2017. 608 pp. Glossary. notes. $30. 

    Reviewed by Colonel Richard Camp, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

  • Naval History and Heritage Command
    Pieces of the Past

    Asked how he’d rank his naval service within the overall context of his life, legendary movie star Douglas Fairbanks Jr. told the Naval Institute in 1993, “I’d put it very high up, very high up indeed.” With the outbreak...


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